So we are loving our huge yard
Throw a towel and some snack, we are ready for a picnic
The kids roll on it, they run bare footed, get dirty and they love it

It’s hard to avoid bugs and creepy crawlers with a yard like this

My 9 year old has a thing for bugs
He cried when his praying mantis died and got really upset when he had to let go a beetle because we couldn’t figure out what food to feed him
He thinks lizards are friends and ants should be left alone

It would be inappropriate to call these bugs because to him, they are harmless and friendly
It is not ok to hurt the bugs and they are usually left alone

Now, things are a little bit different over here

With the weather warming up, everything starts to come out of hibernation and like I mentioned before, everything seems bigger here, even bugs
The same type of beetles aren’t tiny and cute
They are huge and angry and crash into the doors when it gets dark as if trying to get inside the house
The mosquitoes all wear black and white socks
and look like mutant cousins of Aedes

Then yesterday, while running bare footed, playing catch with the Dad, my 3 year old ran over an ant nest
Within seconds, both his feet were engulfed with red fiery ants with black bottoms
They clung on and chewed at his feet furiously while he jumped, screamed and cried in shock and fright

The Dad quickly rushed him to the water point to have the ants flushed off with the gushing tap
It took us some time to finally calm him down, get him to bathe and sit down for dinner
It was then that the Dad started breaking out in hives and his joints, back and neck area were soon covered with red angry bumps, itching and flushing hot
It was only after some medication from the pharmacy that the swells and bumps started to subside
We suspected that he had an allergic reaction to the ant bites earlier on (which is like never before in his life)

This morning I rushed down to the Lawn and Garden section and hauled back the most lethal weapon I could find
I reached home, ripped off the cover, put on the spray gun and went right on to do what usually the man in the house would do

I found 2 nests and had both of them wrecked with a red brick and flooded with my new venomous poison
I could almost hear myself chanting ‘Kill’em All !’ while the kids watched on

Fangs out, war’s on
This would be the day where my kids remember that
Bugs ain’t no friend no more


P/s: We just found out that these were fire ants and read this
It’s gonna be an arduous task getting rid of them
Wish me luck !

One comment

  1. Sandra says:

    Oh my… yes i certainly wish you lots of luck & prayers for getting rid of those nasty ants!! i also pray you & your family will suffer no more bites…

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